After another dominant performance on Sunday, Russell Wilson is now the favorite to win the MVP.
Prior to the start of the 2020 NFL regular season, there was a lot of noise in how Seattle Seahawks QB, Russell Wilson, has never received a single MVP vote. After the disappointing loss in the Divisional Round to the Green Bay Packers, Seahawks fans took to Twitter to echo their opinion about what needs to be done in order for this team to be a legit super bowl contender. They advocated for the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff to “Let Russ Cook”.
Wilson made himself clear during the offseason that he wanted the offense to pick up the sense “urgency” early in the games. Wilson himself was starting to realize that hogging the run-first mentality was affecting the way this team performed out of the gate.
But, needless to say, whether or not the Seattle Seahawks were going to allow Russ to cook does not deny the fact that he is one of the most disrespected QB’s in our era. Year after year, Wilson finds himself putting his team in a winning position and being shown no love in return.
Last year, Wilson became the only quarterback in NFL history to have a winning record in each of his first eight seasons. Last year, after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Philadelphia Eagles on the road and Wilson accomplished the NFL record, his coach had some high praise. Coach Carroll went on to say:
"It’s so important for us to acknowledge the marvelous consistency that Russell has brought us. It’s never been done before. So, I’m thrilled for people to know the kind of player Russ is."
After the season injury suffered by Kam Chancellor and the departures of Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, the Seattle Seahawks were supposed to be in a “rebuilding mode” or as many called it, “a reset”. But, our quarterback refused to lose. Wilson has only missed the playoffs one time in his stellar career.
For a man who finds himself winning year after year and producing at a high level in November and December, you would certainly think he would be acknowledged around the league as one of the best. On the contrary, he has been shown little to no respect.
Russell Wilson in 2020
It seems to me that this story of Russ never receiving a single MVP vote has caused him to play with more of an edge this season. If you would, he is taping into his alter ego, “Mr. Unlimited” in the conquest for his first-ever MVP trophy and quite frankly, his first-ever MVP vote.
Prior to the season, Russell Wilson had the third-best odds of winning the MVP. Patrick Mahomes was the favorite at +350, Lamar Jackson at +650 and then Russell Wilson at +800. Well, Mr. Unlimited absolutely balled out in the first two weeks.
In Week 1, Wilson completed 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. In Week 2, Wilson completed 21 of 28 passes for 288 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Through two games, Wilson has only 11 incompletions while throwing 9 touchdowns and he should have another big day against a weak Dallas secondary.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Wilson is now the MVP favorite after two weeks of play.
It’s about time some respect is shown to one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Although odds mean nothing and guarantee nothing, I do expect Wilson to continue the good play as he really is “cooking” and win his first-ever MVP award.